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Re: Strange coincidences in family history
« Reply #27 on: Sunday 10 June 18 23:47 BST (UK) »
My coincidence stems from the initial search I did on a Rootsweb Message board when I first started my research, back in about 2002.  I nearly fell off my chair when a message came up from someone seeking information about his English great grandparents, Henry Maxwell David Mathews and Jane Dunnell, who just happened to also be my great-grandparents, and his grandfather and my grandfather were brothers.

This cousin, and his daughter, had already been researching the family for a good few years, and I was a very raw newbie.  I replied to his message with my connection, and after that we kept in contact via email, sharing our info, certs, and stories.  I stayed with them when I went to UK - and we went over it all again.  Although this relative sadly passed away last year, I am still in contact with his wife and daughter!    A great coincidence?  Or was it guidance from above??  Devine intervention perhaps??  I won't know until I get upstairs to ask them!! 😄😄🙏
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Re: Strange coincidences in family history
« Reply #28 on: Monday 11 June 18 01:12 BST (UK) »
When I was gaining experience in schools, before applying to university for a BEd in primary mathematics, I spent some time in year 2 (6-7 year olds).

On the first day of being in a class a boy asked me if we were related. I had never seen this child before, didn't recognise his surname from being in my family tree and I didn't recognise his mum at the end of the day. However, he was adamant and would ask me most of the days I was in his class. Fast forward to the last few days I was in his class he decided to tell me more about his family - including a name I vaguely recognised (albeit a fairly common one).

It turns out he was my third cousin and seemed to have some kind of sixth sense!  :o

Something like that happened to a couple of people I worked with.  "D" came to work with us when he left college.  He lived with his father and was a bit of a loner but he took a shine to a middle aged chap, "T", at work and eventually started to regularly visit "T" and his family at their home.   

One day a middle aged smartly dressed woman arrived wanting to buy a product.  "D" went to serve her and looked startled when she addressed him by his name, whereupon she recounted the times she met him when he was small and how she was related to him through his mother.  Whilst "D" was digesting that information, in walked "T" and he too was was recognised by the woman and he in turn knew her because they were related through the same grandparents.  They exchanged catch up news about the family and the woman went on her way.  "D's" face showed he was bemused when he asked if he'd got it right that he and "T" were related".  "Yes we are - I thought you knew", said "T".

Was it sixth sense that drew young "D" to "T", or was it the work of a higher spirit? oo-er
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Re: Strange coincidences in family history
« Reply #29 on: Monday 11 June 18 03:30 BST (UK) »
When I was gaining experience in schools, before applying to university for a BEd in primary mathematics, I spent some time in year 2 (6-7 year olds).

On the first day of being in a class a boy asked me if we were related. I had never seen this child before, didn't recognise his surname from being in my family tree and I didn't recognise his mum at the end of the day. However, he was adamant and would ask me most of the days I was in his class. Fast forward to the last few days I was in his class he decided to tell me more about his family - including a name I vaguely recognised (albeit a fairly common one).

It turns out he was my third cousin and seemed to have some kind of sixth sense!  :o

Something like that happened to a couple of people I worked with.  "D" came to work with us when he left college.  He lived with his father and was a bit of a loner but he took a shine to a middle aged chap, "T", at work and eventually started to regularly visit "T" and his family at their home.   

One day a middle aged smartly dressed woman arrived wanting to buy a product.  "D" went to serve her and looked startled when she addressed him by his name, whereupon she recounted the times she met him when he was small and how she was related to him through his mother.  Whilst "D" was digesting that information, in walked "T" and he too was was recognised by the woman and he in turn knew her because they were related through the same grandparents.  They exchanged catch up news about the family and the woman went on her way.  "D's" face showed he was bemused when he asked if he'd got it right that he and "T" were related".  "Yes we are - I thought you knew", said "T".

Was it sixth sense that drew young "D" to "T", or was it the work of a higher spirit? oo-er

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Re: Strange coincidences in family history
« Reply #30 on: Monday 11 June 18 08:01 BST (UK) »
My coincidence is my paternal grandmother was raised by an unrelated family and this family were known as Gran and grandad to my dad and siblings It turns out Grandad was the nephew of my maternal 3x gr grandmother